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From a notebook belonging to Charles Tupper while a medical student in Edinburgh, 1841. Copyright/Source
Professor Christian�s Lectures on Materia Medica- Nov. 3rd 1841
First on Diet = Recommends the study of Paris on Diet. Relative digestibility of food. Fish is more digestible than flesh, flesh than potatoes and potatoes than all other roots. Fowls less digestible than the flesh of quadrupeds except pork. Tendinous, fatty and oily parts are the most indigestible portions. Pork, fried eggs, bacon and new bread are of medium digestibility. Beef, mutton and meat in general except pork are the most easy of digestion. A moderate quantity of wine especially of the lighter kinds assists digestion. Animal jellies are easy of digestion. Albumen more difficult. Tainted meat is very indigestible. Ratio of digestibility:
1. The boiled white of eggs
2. animal gelatin
3. stale wheat bread, beef, mutton gourmet
4. farinaceous seeds, potatoes and preserved fruits
5. pork, veal, lamb and chicken, salt red meat, fish, etc.
6. new bread and pastry, seedy fruits such as cucumber